ferment

[ noun fur-ment; verb fer-ment ]
/ noun ˈfɜr mɛnt; verb fərˈmɛnt /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to be fermented; undergo fermentation.
to seethe with agitation or excitement.

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Origin of ferment

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin fermentum yeast (noun), fermentāre to cause to rise (v.); akin to barm, Latin fervēre to boil

OTHER WORDS FROM ferment

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH ferment

ferment , foment.
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British Dictionary definitions for ferment

ferment

noun (ˈfɜːmɛnt)

any agent or substance, such as a bacterium, mould, yeast, or enzyme, that causes fermentation
another word for fermentation
commotion; unrest

verb (fəˈmɛnt)

to undergo or cause to undergo fermentation
to stir up or seethe with excitement

Derived forms of ferment

fermentable, adjectivefermentability, nounfermenter, noun

Word Origin for ferment

C15: from Latin fermentum yeast, from fervēre to seethe

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See foment
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Medical definitions for ferment

ferment
[ fûrmĕnt′ ]

n.

An agent, as a yeast, bacterium, mold, or enzyme, that causes fermentation.
Fermentation.

v.

To cause or undergo fermentation.
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